mikehill4jesus “Don’t you know that friendship with the world means deep-rooted hatred against God?”
5th July 2016 (12.07) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. [the true Christians] 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. [those false Christians involved in Churchianity] These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
The narrow and wide gates
Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction [Hell], and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life [Heaven], and only a few find it.’
True Christianity involves separation from the world!
This is an extract from the letter written by James to early believers. He identifies himself as “a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ”, in much the same way as did Jude, who introduced the Epistle of Jude by calling himself “a slave of Jesus Christ, but a brother of James”. He did not indentify himself as a Christian Denominational Leader. His leader was the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
Submit yourselves to God
James 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, [An allusion to covenant unfaithfulness; see Hosea 3:1.] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity [deep-rooted hatred] against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us [Or that the spirit he caused to dwell in us envies intensely; or that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously]? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
‘God opposes the proud
but shows favour to the humble.’ [Prov. 3:34]
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister [The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.] or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbour?
True Christianity is about living with God by the power of the Holy Spirit
The problem with Christianity is that many members are not living with God. Their LIFE is about living in a Church Organisation with God outside of it. It is called Churchianity!
James identifies himself as “a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ”
Thus, true Christianity is about a world-wide group of saved sinners who are born-again through the Holy Spirit and by the Gospel of Jesus. John 14:23. Members of Christ’s Body, yoked to him and living in him. Commanded and led by him. Jesus is their Lord and Saviour to be loved and obeyed at all times. The are Disciples, students, of their Lord and God. They learn and put into practice His teachings, though it takes time and needs the help of the Holy Spirit.
“don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?”
The unsaved person has a deep-rooted hatred of God! Though some may profess to be Christian, they are still 100% hateful of God.
Here are the Characters of true and false Christians
If the Lord Jesus and Others are looking at you as you live your life, what do they see?
This is a Link to my Testimony called Living with God and Defeating the Devil
The difference between Christianity and Churchianity is total!